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Ricky Rice is a middling hustler with a lingering junk habit, a bum knee, and a haunted mind. A survivor of a suicide cult, he scrapes by as a porter at a bus depot in Utica, New York, until one day a mysterious letter arrives, summoning him to enlist in a band of paranormal investigators comprised of former addicts and petty criminals, all of whom had at some point in their wasted lives heard what may have been the voice of God.
Infused with the wonder of a disquieting dream and laced with Victor LaValle’s fiendish comic sensibility, Big Machine is a mind-rattling mystery about doubt, faith, and the monsters we carry within us.
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Rough Cut Diamond
This is a beautiful and, often times, messy read. Its definitely not going to be everyone's cup of tea, but the protagonist's voice was fresh and humorous enough to keep me attached. The 'horror' label is a bit misleading but I'm not quite sure what genre would accurately reflect this story. Definitely worth reading, though be prepared for abrupt breaks and sudden 180's in the plot.
Can't finish it
This book is well- written, and the story is very intriguing in the beginning. I made it about 30% of the way into the story, and frankly, I just got bored. It was moving so slowly and generating too many unanswered questions. On top of that, I just didn't care about the characters enough to wonder how it ends.
- Category: Literary
- Published: Aug 11, 2009
- Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
- Seller: Random House, LLC
- Print Length: 384 Pages
- Language: English